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2 Corinthians

A Social Identity Commentary
  • By Aaron Kuecker, Philip Esler, J. Brian Tucker
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Philip Esler provides a comprehensive coverage of the issues in 2 Corinthians from the perspective of social identity, with a focus on Paul's leadership.

Esler enlists social identity theory-in critical dialogue with existing scholarship-to show how Paul sought to persuade the Corinthian Christ-followers to adopt certain views on four critical issues that had arisen in his relationship with them, with his discourse demonstrably reflecting the ancient Mediterranean culture they shared. Two introductory chapters set out those four issues, summarise the events reflected in 1 and 2 Corinthians, make an initial case for the integrity of the letter against partition theories, explain and defend the use of social identity theory in biblical interpretation, and describe the social identity approach to leadership. In the commentary, Esler explores how Paul re-establishes his leadership role by reconnecting with the Corinthians, urges their participation in the collection for Jerusalem, and defends his position against recently arrived opponents, all the while reinforcing his addressees' social identity as Christ-followers. Prominent features of the commentary fostered by its social identity perspective include its cumulative case for the letter's unity, for Paul's opponents being similar to those in Galatia, and for the interweaving of social and theological dimensions in the text.

In this commentary 2 Corinthians emerges as a powerfully and cohesively argued work that offers abundant evidence for understanding earliest Christianity at a critical moment in its development and for making sense of its subsequent trajectory.

Esler has crafted a close engagement with the text that will serve as a valuable resource for scholars, students, clergy, and people interested in the formation and purpose of the letter and in its historical and theological significance.

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    Product Specs
    • SKU: 9780567668721
    • ISBN 13: 9780567668721
    • Publication Date: 10/21/2021
    • Format: Hardcover
    • Author: J. Brian Tucker
    • Author: Aaron Kuecker
    • Author: Philip Esler
    • Width: 1.00 inches
    • Height: 1.00 inches
    • Length: 1.00 inches
    • Weight: 0.06 pounds

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